old tile ceiling

Old 09-14-03, 08:21 PM
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Angry old tile ceiling

Last winter we had a horrilbe ice storm. The ice melted on my roof and seeped thru to my attic...well, to make a long story short, my ceiling is sagging in the living room more and more everyday. My house was built in 1963, there's no leak (assuming there would be a stain if there were) and I've made sure it's dry. I just wonder if I would be better off using wood strips to tack and hold it all back up or what? Someone suggested lattice. Another idea I had was just to take the living room ceiling out and have a small loft. My attic is unused space. (very small crawl space to get there and low pitch ceiling, yet it would be big enough for a low bed and some storage space) My house is only 24 x 24. Thanks for any suggestions at all.
Old 09-15-03, 02:26 PM
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You could try just screwing it back into place with drywall screws, then tape and mud to repair. If it has continued to worsen, the nails must have pulled loose when the ceiling was wet in the winter.

Removing the ceiling would create some interesting challenges in insulation and heating this winter.

Hope this helps.
Old 09-15-03, 06:21 PM
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I'm in canada and don't know what your weather in the winter is like. If you get snow and a thaw and freeze and thaw and freeze in the springtime taking down your ceiling and making a loft is probably not a good idea with a low pitch roof. For insulation to function properly in attics there needs to be an adequate air space between it anf the roof sheeting for air to travel from the eves up. If there isnt then when the ice thaws and refreezes it makes an ice dam and when the thaw happens again the water backs up under the shingles behind the dam and finds it's way into the attic. If you remove the ceiling and move the insulation into the cavities between the rafters you will most likely be eliminating any air space and making your problem worse.
If your ceiling is sagging that much after one winter because of water then the problem may be more serious and should be looked at carefully.
Have you gone into the attic and lifted up the insulation to inspect for dampness? Is there evidence of prolonged water damage(discoloration) of the roof sheeting? Are there rafter vents and a way for air to enter the attic from outside and flow over the insulation and is there a ridge vent or whirlybird on the roof?
As far as the drywall sagging screwing it back into place may work but if it got wet and sagged and now dried it will most likely have taken its new shape and will be difficult to screw back.

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